New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway smash half-centuries before lunch
Openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway smashed half-centuries Monday, guiding New Zealand to 119 without loss at lunch on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi.
Latham became unbeaten on sixty seven for his 24th half-century, even as Conway became equally solid on 51 after New Zealand won the toss and batted.
The pitch on the National Stadium — where the primary Test led to a tame draw on Friday — has a hint of grass, but Pakistan’s pacers failed to make the most the early moisture.
Latham, who overturned a leg-earlier than selection off pacer Mir Hamza on forty two, has hit 9 barriers, even as Conway has seven fours and a six.
Pakistan introduced on Abrar Ahmed in the 9th over, however there has been no sign of turn as Conway smashed a boundary and a six off the spinner’s second over.
Considering the pre-in shape evaluation of the pitch, Pakistan bolstered their tempo attack by using bringing in Naseem Shah and Hasan Ali, losing spinner Nauman Ali and speedy-bowler Mohammad Wasim.
New Zealand delivered in pacer Matt Henry for Neil Wagner of their simplest trade.
In the primary Test, Pakistan staved off a fifth consecutive defeat at domestic with a tough-fought draw regardless of career-fine bowling figures from New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.
Sodhi grabbed 6-86 and threatened to give New Zealand victory within the first sessions at the 5th and final day, however Pakistan fought on before maintaining their 2d innings on 311-8.
New Zealand, who deserted their white-ball excursion of Pakistan ultimate year due to safety worries, are seeking to end a run of 4 straight test defeats with Southee as the new captain following the six-12 months tenure of Kane Williamson.
Pakistan is searching for to overcome a comparable slump, inclusive of England’s three-0 home collection defeat inside the -test series against the New Zealanders.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Mir Hamza, Abrar Ahmed
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel